Paramount+ will debut ’60 Minutes+’ March 4

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CBS is adding “60 Minutes+” to its parent company’s new streamer, Paramount+, coming March 4, 2021.

Paramount+, which is the new named of CBS All Access with expanded offerings, debuts the same day.

“60 Minutes+” will drop three episodes March 4 and, just like its parent show “60 Minutes,” featuring longer segments reported by a new team of correspondents.

So far CBS has announced Seth Doane, Wesley Lowery, Laurie Segall and Enrique Acevedo as correspondents assigned to the show.

The premiere will feature correspondent Laurie Segall’s interview with Jacob Chansley, the QAnon “shaman,” correspondent Enrique Acevedo’s profile of J. Balvin, including a visit with the Reggaeton music star’s family in Medellin, Colombia, and a climate change segment from the Alps, where correspondent Seth Doane reports on the dangers of shrinking glaciers.

Jonathan Blakely will executive producer “60 Minutes+.”

This isn’t the first franchise expansion of “60 Minutes,” which is one of the popular and venerable newsmagazines in the country.

From 1978 to 1982, CBS aired the cleverly named “30 Minutes,” a kid focused version as part of its Saturday morning lineup.

In 1996, the show added “60 Minutes More” that showcased popular stories from the past with followup reporting. It only ran one season, however.

CBS added “60 Minutes II” in 1999 but dropped the roman numeral in 2004 in attempt to avoid the impressive it was a “watered down” version of the main show.

Following the Dan Rather “Rathergate” scandal, the show changed its name to “60 Minutes Wednesday” in 2004 and ran independently from the Sunday edition. It was canceled in 2005.

Outside of the the network, CNBC has also aired a spinoff of the show, and Showtime aired “60 Minutes Sports” from 2013 to 2017.

CBS also struck a deal with Quibi to offer “60 in 6” on the shortform mobile video platform, which shut down after about six months.

All of the correspondents assigned to that show have moved over to “60 Minutes+.”